Funding Restored for Flathead Health Clinic

By Beacon Staff

The Flathead Community Health Center will remain open for the foreseeable future, thanks to the recent approval of federal operating funds. In February, the Beacon reported on cuts by Republicans in the U.S. House that Flathead health officials warned could force the clinic to close if the funds weren’t restored at some point in the budget process.

At the end of May, the Bureau of Primary Care notified Health Center Executive Director Wendy Doely that current funding levels would continue through the end of the fiscal year, and that the center’s application for five years of grant funding was approved.

“With this notice, prior concerns about future funding for the Center have been relieved,” an announcement from the Flathead Community Health Center stated.

Additionally, the Montana Legislature’s reinstatement of federal family planning funding will ensure the Flathead clinic can continue to offer services in that area as well.

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